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What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a non-invasive visual examination of the all visible and readily accessible components of a home. The components include but are not limited too Plumbing, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Electrical, Structure, and Interior and exterior. The inspection comes with an easy to report that notes all the components and their condition at the time if the inspection

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Residential Home Inspection

A residential or pre-purchase Home inspection is a non-invasive visual examination of the all visible and readily accessible components of a home. The Home inspector will inspect components including, but not limited to, Plumbing, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Electrical, Structure, and, Interior and Exterior.

Buying a home is your biggest investment and our team of certified home inspectors is here to help by providing you with information about the condition of the home you would like to purchase. Don’t leave anything to chance, our home inspectors will not only help identify issues with the home they will also look for conditions that can become worse over time. Residential home inspections help clients save money and prepare them for expenses that will come with the purchase of the home.

All residential Home Inspections come with an easy to understand home inspection report that notes all the components of your home and there condition at the time of the inspection Here is a breakdown of the components that are covered with your pre-purchase home inspection as per the standards set by the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors Covered Components:

  • roof
  • attic spaces
  • chimneys
  • exterior cladding
  • windows and doors
  • drainage and landscaping
  • fences and decks
  • foundation
  • insulation and air barriers
  • plumbing system
  • electrical system
  • heating and cooling systems
  • basements and crawlspaces
  • bathrooms
  • kitchens
  • flooring

Pre-Listing Inspections

A pre-sale Home Inspection is the same as a residential home inspection except the home inspector is performing the inspection for the seller not the buyer. In today’s real estate market homes often sell without buyers getting the chance to add a condition for a home inspection.

This can cost sellers money because potential buyers are not prepared to make an offer, or they offer less because they don’t know anything about the condition of the home. Take the mystery out of buying by providing potential buyers with a pre-listing home inspection report before they put in an offer. This gives buyers confidence and shows them that you have already factored in the current condition of the home into the price.

WETT Inspection

A WETT inspection is Fireplace or Wood Energy Technology Transfer Inspection and can only be performed by WETT certified home inspectors. They ensure that your fireplace meets current standards and are required by your home insurance provider.

A WETT inspection can be done with a standard home inspection or as a stand alone inspection. Your real estate agent should be able to tell you if you require a WETT inspection, An inspection for the wood burning technologies in your home is important for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the safety of you and your family. With wood burning appliances, the potential for harmful pollutants to be released into your home as well as combustible materials to ignite is increased, so it is important that these appliances are regularly inspected and properly maintained. If you have a home that already includes one of these features, or you would like to purchase one and have it installed in your home, having a WETT certified inspector or technician involved is a necessity. WETT specialty inspections are also now being required as a part of the home insuring process. In fact, many homeowners first hear about WETT specialty inspections because an insurance company asks that their appliances be examined by a WETT certified inspector. In Canada, insurance companies require homes using wood burning appliances to be thoroughly inspected by a professional and cleared/approved before the home can be insured.

If purchasing an older home that includes any of these wood-burning appliances, a WETT inspection is an absolute necessity. Cottages often include wood-burning appliances, and often the installation of these features is not in compliance with WETT standards. An inspection will be able to tell you whether or not these appliances are operating optimally, are in good structural condition, and that they burning in a way that does not compromise your health and safety.

Commercial Inspections

Our home inspectors also perform commercial property inspections. Like a residential home inspection, a commercial inspection is a non-invasive visual examination of the all visible and readily accessible components of the property.

The Home inspector will inspect components including, but not limited to, Plumbing, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Electrical, Structure, and, Interior and Exterior. The commercial inspection also includes thermal imaging and an inspection report. The inspection report will cover the following components.

  • The Structure
  • The Electrical System
  • The Heating System
  • The Air Conditioning System
  • The Ventilation System
  • The Plumbing System and Fixtures
  • The Roof Surface
  • Interior Components (Non Cosmetic)
  • The Exterior Wall Cladding
  • Visible Insulation Spot Check
  • Landscape Components including:
    • Walkways,
    • Driveways (excluding Sewers) and
    • Retaining Walls

Condo Home Inspection

A condo inspection is similar to a residential home inspection. The main difference is that the home inspector will focus on the interior components of the condo unit. The home inspector will identify all major components and assesses their condition in a detailed home inspection report.

The condo home inspection also looks for signs of problems such as water leakage, electrical, plumbing, or inadequate or malfunctioning ventilation that are typical of condominiums. The condition of flooring, walls, ceilings, fixtures, showers & bathtubs, windows and doors are also examined. The condo inspection does not focus on the common elements of the building or the exterior as these components are typically inspected and maintained by the condo board.

Renovation Deficiency

Sometimes the contractors you hire to do your renovation are not all they're cracked up to be. If you have or think you have issues as a result of poorly done renovations let us know. Our home inspectors will inspect the work and provide a detailed report that will identify deficiencies so you can make sure problems are fixed and the work is done right. If you are thinking about having a renovation done give us a call and we can recommend qualified and trusted contracted for every job.

Tarion Warranty New Home Inspection

Buying a new home does not guarantee that is was built properly. Similar to a residential home inspection our home inspectors will perform a top to bottom inspection of your new home. The main difference is that the home inspector will also document and comment on any cosmetic details for your Tarion warranty report.

This type of home inspection is often done during the pre delivery inspection ( PDI) that is performed with the builder. The home inspector will identify any major problems and cosmetic issues with property so that you can make sure the builder fixes them right away. The home inspector will create a report to detail any defects in the homes and this inspection report can also be used as an attachment to the PDI to let the builder know exactly what needs to be fixed in greater detail. Tarion new home inspection reports will save you time and money and ensure that your expectations are clearly communicated to your builder so they can fix issues with your home and you are not left with defects that are supposed to be covered by the builder.

Tarion new home warranties are also performed at 30 days, one year, two years, and seven years after you take ownership. Don’t get short changed by the builder because you are not thoroughly documenting all the cosmetic and non- cosmetic issues with your new home. The Tarion new home warranty is there to protect you and cover costs. Our home inspectors understand the scope of the tarion warranty and will ensure you get the most out of it.

Thermal Imaging Home Inspection

Thermal imaging is included as part of most home inspections but it is such an important home inspection tool that it can also act as a stand alone inspection. A thermal imager uses infrared technology and helps the home inspector find issues that the human eye cannot see.

With a thermal imager the home inspector can find defects hidden within walls and ceilings, under floors, or in attics. They are used to help find leaks, faulty electrical and plumbing components, HVAC problems, and poor insulation conditions .

Mold Inspection

The presence of mold in your home is a common problem that is easily remediated by a professional. If left untreated mold can grow into a toxic concern drastically affecting the health of anyone in the home. The presence of mold is often a symptom of adverse conditions which require further investigations. Each Home Inspection includes a standard mold inspection. During the home inspection, the presence or possibility of mold is investigated using specific instruments and visual comparisons in potential problem areas. Thermal imaging and moisture meters aid the home inspector in detecting a home mold concern as well as the source and conditions that may be propagating mold in your home. With the knowledge from the home inspection, specific steps will be recommended to remediate the mold in your home. First, the mold should be removed by a certified mold professional. Second, the conditions that caused the mold growth should be fixed to prevent a recurrence. The original mold growth could be caused by a number of different factors. The primary culprit is a persistent presence of moisture. This may be caused by poor air flow, water leaks, high humidity or poor insulation causing condensation. Indicators from all sections of your home inspection will provide direction for further investigation and repairs. A thorough mold specific inspection is used when a serious concern is found that warrants deeper investigation. This inspection which includes air testing and mold identification tests is offered for an additional cost, contact us for more details.

Common causes of mold in the Home

As part of your home inspection, the standard mold inspection section may reveal evidence of mold. If this is the case it shouldn't be taken lightly. Not only is it recommended that mold is removed by a certified professional, but also that the cause of the original mold growth be further investigated and resolved so that future recurrences or problems are avoided.

Micro-organisms causing mold can be found in the air inside homes and circulated through the ventilation system. A HEPA filter may reduce the number of airborne contaminants, however, the primary cause of mold is a persistently moist environment where even a single micro-organism can thrive and multiply.

To find the cause of mold the source of moisture must be explored. Likely culprits are high humidity, poor airflow, leaking pipes and poor insulation causing condensation. The location that the mold is found in the home will lead to likely causes. Observations from the whole home inspection will lead the inspection profession to uncovering the source of moisture and next steps.

Every mold occurence is different but there are several common causes for each area that you might find mold. Some older basements that lack airflow and aren't fully protected from ground moisture may use a dehumidifier and improved ventilation to mitigate mold. Ceiling mold on the level below a bathroom or kitchen may require an intrusive inspection into the wall or ceiling for what will likely be a leaking pipe or compromised seal. Mold identified near exterior walls or below an attic is evidence of condensation. Similar to a cold glass on a hot day, when warm air meets a cold surface vapor in the air condenses into water droplets forming ideal conditions for mold growth. The solution to this is to increase local insulation to improve the cold surface preventing both moisture and mold from returning.

If your home inspection indicates the presence of mold it should be taken seriously. Each person may react differently to mold, especially at risk are those with respiratory conditions, children and the elderly.

Health risk of mold and why it is an important part of the home inspection

Even a small amount of mold in your home can put the health of all occupants at risk. Molds produce airborne irritants, allergens and toxins/mycotoxins that are hazardous when inhaled or otherwise contacted. The mold will continue to be toxic even when it is dormant or dead. At particularly high risk are anyone with respiratory conditions, sensitive to allergies and children and the elderly. Symptoms primarily affect breathing and eyes, nose and throat reactions. If you suspect a mold presence have a mold inspection to ensure any health risk is resolved and prevented.

Home Maintenance Inspection

Whether you have just moved in or have lived in your home for years a home maintenance inspection is always a great idea. A home maintenance inspection is performed by our certified home inspectors and is designed to give you insight into the components of your home and how to best maintain them.

Every home requires maintenance and upkeep to stay physically sound, energy efficient and appealing. By performing routine home maintenance we save money in the long run and prevent larger problems from sneaking up on us. For those who don't want to manage and monitor their complete home maintenance or those who simply don't know all about it take advantage of our Home maintenance inspection from one of our certified home inspectors.

A home maintenance inspection will give you a clear picture of the condition and life expectancy of the major components of your home. From your furnace to your roof you'll know specific steps to get the most out of what you have and when you can expect to make upgrades or replacements to your home. With this guide, you'll have the peace of mind of knowing the state of your home and what you need to budget for.

CARRY OUT THE FOLLOWING SEASONAL HOME MAINTENANCE RECOMMENDATIONS TO KEEP YOUR HOME SOUND, SAFE AND EFFICIENT

WINTER JANUARY/FEBRUARY

  • Replace or clean HVAC air filter near furnace unless HEPA filter present
  • Check gauge on fire extinguishers for pressure in the green zone
  • Clean/vacuum dust and lint from all vents, grills and exterior dryer vent
  • Do a home walkthrough of all rooms looking for signs of leaks, mold, wear, anything out of the ordinary
  • Winter is a good time to check for cold spots or drafts in your home if you find a major temperature imbalance consult a professional
  • Check and replace range hood grease filter

SPRING - APRIL/MAY

  • Replace or clean HVAC air filter near furnace unless HEPA filter present
  • Check gauge on fire extinguishers for pressure in the green zone
  • Clean/vacuum dust and lint from all vents, grills and exterior dryer vent
  • Do a home walkthrough of all rooms looking for signs of leaks, mold, wear, anything out of the ordinary
  • Change batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
  • Do an exterior walk around looking for damaged, dirty or disrepair of foundation, masonry, window and door seals, --siding and soffit/fascia, eavestrough and deck, fence, trees, etc
  • Inspect your roof from the ground for signs of ice damage, wear or aging
  • Check septic system if applicable
  • Inspect hose lines and connections for all facets and washing machine, clean water inlet filters
  • Clean air conditioners or schedule annual inspection.
  • Check your fire extinguishers to make sure they are fully charged. Replace when needed.

SUMMER JUNE/JULY/AUGUST

  • Replace or clean HVAC air filter near furnace unless HEPA filter present
  • Check gauge on fire extinguishers for pressure in the green zone
  • Clean/vacuum dust and lint from all vents, grills and exterior dryer vent
  • Do a home walkthrough of all rooms looking for signs of leaks, mold, wear, anything out of the ordinary
  • Summer is time to monitor your home cooling system, is your AC working efficiently? Any presence of leaks or ventilation issues?

FALL SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER/NOVEMBER/DECEMBER

  • Replace or clean HVAC air filter near furnace unless HEPA filter present
  • Check gauge on fire extinguishers for pressure in the green zone
  • Clean/vacuum dust and lint from all vents, grills and exterior dryer vent
  • Do a home walkthrough of all rooms looking for signs of leaks, mold, wear, anything out of the ordinary
  • Change batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
  • Do an exterior walk around looking for damaged, dirty or disrepair of foundation, masonry, window and door seals, - - siding and soffit/fascia, eavestrough and deck, fence, trees, etc
  • Inspect your roof from the ground for signs of ice damage, wear or aging
  • Ensure proper drainage and clean gutters
  • Clear leaves and debris from all home surfaces to reduce pests and decay
  • Fall is the perfect time to do a more thorough exterior inspection, seal up any susceptible spots and shut off exterior water outlets